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Adoption

Adoption.com is committed to helping as many children as possible find loving, permanent homes. They also help hopeful adoptive parents make adoption dreams come true and are especially committed to helping special needs children in the U.S. and around the world, who otherwise wouldn't be able to find families.

Adoption Resources, a private, nonprofit adoption placement program, has been working with children and families for almost 150 years. The primary purpose of Adoption Resources is to serve the best interests of children so each child will be raised in a permanent and loving family. At Adoption Resources strive to provide services that protect the dignity of children, birth parents, adoptive families, and foster families. Their comprehensive services provide all those involved in adoption with support and counseling before, during, and after placement.

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Baby Names

Nickelodeon ParentsConnect Baby Name Search "We're Not Perfect, We're Parents"

The U.S. Social Security Administration Top 10 Baby Names from the Social Security Administration.

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Baby Showers

Quick Tips For Hosting A Baby Shower Kolcraft is a leading maker of strollers and baby gear.

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Babywearing

Ask Dr. Sears - What Babywearing Means. After raising eight children and practicing pediatric medicine for more than 30 years, The Sears have answered questions from thousands of parents. Millions more have sought their advice through their 40+ pediatric books, articles in parenting magazines, and their appearances on more than 100 television programs.

Am I Wrapped Correctly? Safety Check from Moby Wrap, Moby Fitness from Moby Wrap and MobyMassage from Moby Wrap. Moby Wrap is a leading manufacturer of baby carriers.

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Breastfeeding

La Leche League International: The La Leche League's mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

World Health Organization Breastfeeding Information: WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Best For Babes: The Best For Babes focus is on making sure expecting mothers are prepared for breastfeeding, know what to expect, and have the tools to overcome any hurdles. They are mostly concerned with supporting the 86% of women who want to breastfeed to get through the 6-8 week learning curve so can go on to nurse for as long as desire, or have better access to donor milk, feeding at the breast, and breast milk alternatives if cannot breastfeed.

Breastfeeding and breast cancer risk from the Susan G Komen For The Cure Foundation. As the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, The Susan G. Komen Foundation is working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. They have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Top Five Breastfeeding Tips from Moby Wrap. Moby Wrap is a leading maker of baby carriers.

Breastfeeding Resources from Ameda. Ameda is a leading maker of baby feeding supplies.

Breastfeeding Advice from Avent, Breastfeeding Tips from Avent and How To Breastfeed from Avent. Avent is a leading maker of baby feeding supplies.

Successful Pumping Tips from Hygeia. Hygeia is a leading maker of baby feeding supplies.

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Car Seats

Guide to U.S. and Canada Child Safety Seat Laws from Clek. A comprehensive guide to current child car seat regulations.

Safekids.org Car Seat Check Locations: A resource to help you find a local certified car seat installation technician in your area.

Child Car Seat Inspection Station locator by NHTSA.gov: A resource to help you find a local certified car seat installation technician in your area.

Car Seat Laws by State from NHTSA.gov: A comprehensive guide to current child car seat laws in your state.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: NHTSA was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970. Dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety, NHTSA works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service, and Leadership.

American Academy of Pediatrics Car Seat Information: The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

SafetyBeltSafe USA is the national, non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety. Their mission is to help reduce the number of serious and fatal traffic injuries suffered by children by promoting the correct, consistent use of safety seats and safety belts.

Car-Seat.org and Car Safety.org Vehicle and Carseat Safety - Buying Guides and Articles: Carseat, Vehicle & Child Passenger Safety Community Forums

IIHS.org: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses - deaths, injuries and property damage - from crashes on the nation's roads.

Booster use FAQ's from Cosco. Cosco Juvenile is a leading brand of baby gear and car seats.

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Childproofing Resources

International Association of Child Safety and Find A Childprooferfrom the IAFCS: The International Association for Child Safety (IAFCS) is a worldwide network of child safety professionals and babyproofers. Members are recognized childproofing experts and are ready to help you make your home a safe place for your little one.

"My child has just started crawling around. I know its time to baby proof the house but where do I start?" from Kidco and Locate a childproofer in your area from Kidco (Please choose Baby Proofing as the subject) Kidco is a leading maker of child proofing items.

How To Childproof Video from Safety1st. Safety 1st is a recognized brand of child proofing items.

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Co-Sleeping

Cosleeping and your baby from Kidshealth. KidsHealth by Nemours is a website for children's health and development.

Co-Sleeping Facts from Arm's Reach. Arm's Reach is the maker of the Original Co-Sleeper.

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Crib Bedding

Bedroom safety from the JPMA The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization representing 95% of the prenatal to preschool industry. voluntarily set industry standards for cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items and offer the JPMA seal.

Product Safety: Useful information for parents from Kidsline. Kidsline is a leading maker of crib bedding.

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Crib Mattress

Consumer Reports Crib Mattress Guide: Consumer Reports is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.

Crib Mattress Product Selector from Naturepedic, What is an organic mattress? From Naturepedic and Crib Mattress Safety Tips from Naturepedic. Naturepedic is a leading maker of organic crib mattresses.

Eco-Friendly: Organic, Natural or Green by Colgate. Colgate is a leading maker of crib mattresses.

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Dolls

Madame Alexander Doll Club Fun Events, Fellowship and Dolls! Share your love of Madame Alexander Dolls with fellow doll collectors.

Marie Osmond Doll Friends: A club for collectors of Marie Osmond Dolls.

Fun Stuff from Dolls by Berenguer. Dolls by Berenguer from JC Toys is a leading maker of realistic baby dolls.

Collectorvalues.com: A resource for finding age, model and value of your vintage doll.

Doll Reference.com: A resource for finding age, model and value of your vintage doll.

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Family Fun

Locate a children's museum from the Association of Children's Museums. This search page finds a children's museum in their network and in your area. Great tool for planning a day trip or when traveling. ACM is the only organization representing museums and professionals dedicated to early childhood play, the starting point in the continuum of lifelong learning.

Find a zoo or aquarium from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Look for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.

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Feeding

Nutritional Awareness from Stew Leonard III Children's Charities. Promoting safe and responsible growth and development of children through nutritional awareness and water safety.

Bottle Safety from Baby Bargains/Windsor Peak Baby Bargains Book by Denise and Alan Fields is a leading consumer buying guide for expectant parents.

Feeding Advice from Avent. Avent is a leading maker of baby feeding supplies.

Feeding Advice from Boppy. Boppy is the maker of the Boppy pillow nursing and sitting support. Nutrient Study from Dr. Brown's. Dr. Brown's bottles from Handi-Craft is the maker of the leading baby feeding supplies.

Fun Ideas from Funbites. Funbites is the maker of toddler feeding supplies.

Recipes from OXO Tot. OXO Tot is the maker of baby feeding supplies.

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Fire Safety

U.S. Fire Administration Fire Safety For Parents: The U.S. Fire Administration, a part of FEMA, is working for a fire-safe America.

Fire Prevention Checklist, Sparky the Fire Dog for Parents and for Sparky the Fire Dog for Kids from the National Fire Prevention Association The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety.

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Health

American Academy of Pediatrics: The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

HealthyChildren.org: HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics many programs and activities, their policies and guidelines, their publications and other child health resources, as well as much, much more. Best of all, you can rest assured that the information comes from the nation's leading child health experts and that have scientific research supporting their recommendations.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: The AAPD is the recognized authority on pediatric oral health care and leader in several prominent areas of the field.

Bisphenol A (BPA) Information for Parents from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

The Center For Injury Research and Prevention: Part of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the CIRP is dedicated to advancing the safety and health of children, adolescents, and young adults through comprehensive research resulting in practical tools to reduce injury and promote recovery.

Children's Environmental Health Center: The mission of the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) is to protect children against environmental threats to health.

USDA National Organic Program Consumer Information: Ensuring the integrity of USDA organic products in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Mayo Clinic Infant and Toddler Health: Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first."

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Multiples

National Organization of Mothers of Twins Club, Inc.: The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families of multiple birth children through education, research, and networking. In partnering with local support groups, health care providers, researchers, and educators, and with the highest standards of integrity, respect and professionalism, they endeavor to aid parents of multiples and to raise public awareness of the unique qualities of multiple birth families.

Triplet Connection: The Triplet Connection is an international "network of caring and sharing for multiple birth families" which was founded in 1983. They have worked with over 35,000 expectant parents of triplets and higher-order multiple births.

Mothers of Supertwins: MOST (Mothers of Supertwins), a community of families, volunteers and professionals founded in 1987, is the leading national nonprofit provider of support, education and research on higher-order multiple births. MOST's mission is to advocate for quality prenatal care, promote healthy deliveries, and supply information to all multiple birth families in order to support successful parenting through every phase of their children's development.

Multiples Program from Sassy. Sassy Baby Products wants to congratulate you on your multiple births. Sassy knows providing for multiples can be a challenge, so they propose to make your life a little easier with their one time offer for parents of multiples!

Must Haves For Multiples from Kolcraft. Kolcraft is a leading maker of baby gear.

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Parenting

Ask Dr. Sears. After raising eight children and practicing pediatric medicine for more than 30 years, The Sears have answered questions from thousands of parents. Millions more have sought their advice through their 40+ pediatric books, articles in parenting magazines, and their appearances on more than 100 television programs.

ParentsConnect from Nickolodeon. Nickelodeon ParentsConnect: "We're Not Perfect, We're Parents"

KidsHealth.org for Parents. KidsHealth from Nemours is a website for children's health and development.

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Poison Control

American Association of Poison Control Centers, Poison Center Help and Poison Proof Your Home. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is a non-profit, national organization. The AAPCC represents the poison control centers of the United States and the interests of poison prevention and treatment of poisoning.

Common Poisonous Household Plants from the New York Botanical Garden. The New York Botanical Garden has been studying, exhibiting, and conserving plants for 120 Years.

Carbon Monoxide IQ and protecting your loved ones from UL: UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on products from more than 72,000 manufacturers each year. They evaluate everything from electrical appliances and outlets to water and plastics. If it plugs in, it's probably tested by UL to determine that safety standards have been met. Just as importantly, UL tests many of the materials used to build the places where you live, work and play. As technologies advance, however, and new safety issues arise, they are also verifying environmental claims and leading the way in sustainable product certification.

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Pregnancy

Nickelodeon ParentsConnect Pregnancy Week by Week. Nickelodeon ParentsConnect: "We're Not Perfect, We're Parents"

Planning Pregnancy, During Pregnancy and Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy from the CDC The Center For Disease Control. From the food you eat, to the air you breathe, to staying safe wherever you are, CDC?s mission touches all aspects of daily life. CDC researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, economists, communicators, educators, technologists, epidemiologists and many other professionals all contribute their expertise to improving public health.

Get Ready from Avent. Avent is a leading maker of baby feeding supplies.

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Safety

CPSC.gov: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products, such as toys and cribs, contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Safety At Home from UL. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on products from more than 72,000 manufacturers each year. They evaluate everything from electrical appliances and outlets to water and plastics. If it plugs in, it's probably tested by UL to determine that safety standards have been met. Just as importantly, UL tests many of the materials used to build the places where you live, work and play. As technologies advance, however, and new safety issues arise, they are also verifying environmental claims and leading the way in sustainable product certification.

JPMA.org: The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization representing 95% of the prenatal to preschool industry. voluntarily set industry standards for cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items and offer the JPMA seal.

Safe Kids USA: Safe Kids USA is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. They educate families, provide safety devices to families in need and advocate for better laws to help keep children safe, healthy and out of the emergency room.

Safety Tips from Safety1st. Safety1st is a recognized brand of child proofing supplies.

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Safety Gates

Gate Calculator from DreamBaby. DreamBaby is a leading maker of baby safety gates and other baby gear.

Gate Finder from Kidco. Kidco is a recognized leader in the manufacture of baby safety gates and child proofing supplies.

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Safety Outdoors

Summer Grilling Safety from the UL and The 10 Minute Backyard Safety Hike from UL. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on products from more than 72,000 manufacturers each year. They evaluate everything from electrical appliances and outlets to water and plastics. If it plugs in, it's probably tested by UL to determine that safety standards have been met. Just as importantly, UL tests many of the materials used to build the places where you live, work and play. As technologies advance, however, and new safety issues arise, they are also verifying environmental claims and leading the way in sustainable product certification.

Water Safety Awareness from Stew Leonard III Children's Charities. Promoting safe and responsible growth and development of children through nutritional awareness and water safety.

American Red Cross Water Safety. The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Their network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.

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Strollers

Useful Information

Social Security Numbers For Children: The U.S. Social Security Administration

Baby Bargains Book Community Forum: Baby Bargains Book by Denise and Alan Fields is a leading consumer buying guide for expectant parents.